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MDA Lock-up a key fund-raiser
Noelle Green, 9, helped jailbirds into a black and white striped shirt as her father Lt. Bill Green, a firefighter with Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue, snapped their mug shot with a Polaroid camera.
The jailbirds hour behind bars in the Muscular Dystrophy Associations Lock Up could mean a week at camp for a child, a minute of research and possibly a stop to this degenerative disease.
Between 130 and 150 community members were escorted by firefighters Thursday, July 14, to jail at the Outback Steakhouse in Bremerton. Each jailbird was tasked with raising $1,200 bail, enough to send two children such as Noelle to camp.
She recently returned from MDA camp at Key Center where she sung karaoke, rode a Harley-Davidson (in a sidecar) and went fishing.
Pam Wilson, who works for the City of Bremertons community development department, was the first to raise her bail.
She relied on the generosity of former co-workers and commuting buddies in Seattle. She gathered all of her pledges in the weeks prior to Thursdays event.
Theyre wonderful and generous to open their hearts and credit cards, Wilson said. A first time offender, Wilson said she feels strongly about giving back to her community. She also has a family member who is confined to a wheelchair with muscular dystrophy.
The MDA Lock-ups began about 15 years ago. The money raised locally stays in the area, said Brianna Clark, director for the MDAs Tacoma District.
What makes MDA different from other non-profit organizations is it offers hope and help she said.
We spend the money in research and services, Clark said. For instance a MDA-funded lab at the University of Washington recently engineered a way to put protein back into the muscle tissue of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy patients. This type of muscular dystrophy begins in the calves, then works its way to the heart.
The Lock-up is an opportunity for families receiving MDA help to come together with community members.
Mike Haag, who works at Premier Rentals on Kitsap Way went to jail on his